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10 VM: Véronique, Virginia(GinieMie)Vicky, Valerie, Vanessa, Viviane, Vance, Vaughn, Vincent, Vernon

BK: Vaughn, Vanessa, Véronique, Valerie, Viviane, Vernon. Frnt. Vance, Ginie(Virginia), Vicky. 9/10

Véronique saying good bye to the bride, Liz, and groom, Dan. niece Sara supporting Nique.



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So much has happened to me since I started SP April 9th 2010. I've lost weight of course and regained some, I've learned to stop eating when full and I've made some great spark friends. I'm sparking much of the time. Many know about my son's accident (6/17/2010)and the changes that has wrought on my life, my sister V�ronique's death (11/7/2012) due to a brain tumor and Vicky's congestive heart failure, diabetes and a host of other problems. I also have been blessed with a new grand-daughter in May 2013 for a total of 5 grand-daughters and 1 grandson-the first and eldest of the grands..
I try to keep smiling and stay positive-not always easy, but the good Lord helps. I love life from infancy to old age.
I retired May 25th, 2012.
My 5 children and 6 grandchildren are an important part of my life.

With the exception of my cholesterol levels and a mobile blood pressure I am relatively healthy. Both my son's care and my weight contribute the occasionally elevated blood pressure. My cholesterol has been high since I was in my 40's and I am allergic to statin drugs which limits what I can take for the cholesterol problem. (I am in gray in the first picture, and turquoise in the second)

Member Since: 4/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 112,412

My Goals:
1. track all of my foods, striving to get 5-8 fruits & veggies per day.
2. I will walk no LESS THAN 5,000 steps and work my way past 10,000.
3. to be more positive, and supportive to those around me, especially new widows.

My Program:
To watch what I eat, most importantly cutting back on cholesterol and sodium. Work to change a sedentary life into a more active life, which is difficult for me. Even though retired, I'm knitting and sewing more that makes for a still sedentary life.

Personal Information:
I was born in Bedford, Ohio of a Belgian mom and an American GI. I have lived in Belgium, Ohio, Florida and am currently in Georgia. I am widowed and have five grown children, one of whom had a traumatic brain injury June 2010 and for whom I am the court appointed Custodial Guardian.

Other Information:
I like to knit, sew-when I have time and play with my grandchildren.
I'd love to be able to travel again, to go back to Belgium and Austria, to see Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy.

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  • v JANET552
    Thanks for your support. I'm having trouble taking care of John as well as me for all I've been doing for the folks. The lack of sleep has been making me quite emotional too which just makes life harder. My stepsister is now complaining about having to do "the lion's share" of the work which I find quite insulting. I'm fairly sure she and my father are the only ones left who do not think my stepmother belongs in a nursing home. I'm thinking it would be good for Dad if she were. Maybe that's not true but the way things are now can't be good for him. He may enjoy the company from us "kids" but not much gets done and he does like to putter around.

    I hope you enjoy your day!!
    10 hours ago
    I understand what you mean. You can't encourage someone when they don't share what's wrong and many people aren't comfortable writing about the bad stuff.
    I wish I could reach out and help those having trouble with the new Spark look.
    All functionality still seems to be there.

    My complaint about the clunky edit buttons has been addressed. Yea!
    I also hope they will address the difficulties faced by the visually impaired.

    Ironically, I used to have trouble with some of the color combinations/backgrounds chosen by spark friends. With little contrast I couldn't read what I was typing. Sometimes it was totally invisible. So I just typed my message in Word and copy/pasted it into their text box. It was still invisible until the comment was processed and posted but at least I knew what I was saying. No chance of an unfortunate typo to change my meaning.

    I remember the rolling scroll bars. I think the reason for replacing it with the team wall was to speed up page loading. I still post my daily messages there.
    5 days ago
    thanks. I have called and also get voicemail and no one calls me back

    i have emailed

    i have sent letters and nothing

    i am in touch with an older grad on facebook and she is trying to see if her contacts can find the deep hole my records feel into
    16 days ago
  • v JANET552
    I took a soil sample from the garden to the Extension office. I knew you could do that but I didn't realize what info they provide you with. It sounded worth it to me. Costs me $15 but if it helps with vegetable production, it will definitely be worth it.

    I also stopped at a cheese store and a bulk store along the way. It was a great way to spend a rainy day even if my house does need a good cleaning.

    I hope you can figure out what is going on with Erik. Scary for the both of you!!
    17 days ago
    You should realize that not gaining is success! That's the advice I gave my DD#1 who by the way is one of my MISSING spark friends. Fortunately, I do know how she is doing even if not reporting online. LOL
    Just think if everyone just stopped gaining more weight. Our progression to a "biggest loser" society would be stopped in its tracks. Once you determine how to stay the same, later on when your life calms down you can figure out the changes to lose gradually.

    17 days ago
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